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Rush - R40 Live (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44.1kHz

Artist: Rush
Title: R40 Live
Genre: Rock, Prog Rock, Hard Rock
Label: © Anthem/Zoë/Concord Music Group
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 03:15:57
Recorded: 2015

Celebrating 40 years, the Rush R40 LIVE Tour is a 2015 concert tour by Canadian rock band Rush that commemorates the 40th anniversary of the band's formation with drummer Neil Peart in July 1974.
Over the course of their amazing career, Rush has lived a lifetime together, providing an influential soundtrack to many of their fans’ lives. Some have been with them since the start, while others have discovered them along the way and delved into their incredible body of work. To quote Dave Grohl from their momentous induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, “Rush built their following the right way. No hype, no bull, they did it from the ground up. Their legacy is incredible and their influence undeniable.”
After 40 years together and 20 gold and platinum studio albums – Rush is ready to celebrate with the most loyal fans in the world by embarking on their 21st tour, one which will most likely be their last major tour of this magnitude. Celebrate four decades of music with three incredible musicians – all in 1 night.
Rush’s vast catalogue includes such classics as 1974’s self-titled debut, 1976’s 2112, 1981’s Moving Pictures, 1996’s Test For Echo, and 2002’s Vapor Trails. Rush released their 20th studio album, Clockwork Angels in 2012 via Anthem/Roadrunner Records. The critically acclaimed collection marked their first studio recording since 2007’s Snakes & Arrows, and debuted at #1 in Canada and #2 on the Billboard 200 matching the highest chart debut of the band’s career. Known for their energetic live shows, the most recent Rush release was the R40 collector’s boxset including live footage spanning all four decades of the trio’s career, including over two hours of unreleased material and a rare performance of the seven-part version of “2112” packaged in an impressive 52-page hardcover book.
Their longevity has served a pop culture renaissance, with the band’s rare television appearance - their first in over 30 years - on Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report, tributes on South Park and a memorable cameo in the film “I Love You, Man.” A live review from their most recent Clockwork Angels tour boasted “the power-trio interplay could put guys half their age in the burn ward,” while The Globe & Mail declared Rush as “one of the few bands anywhere that just keeps getting better.” A career-chronicling Rolling Stone feature summed up the renowned rock trio’s continuing artistic vitality by observing, “It’s true that Rush doesn’t mean today what it did in ’76 or even ’96. It may mean more.”
Rush has been recognized with eight Juno Awards, seven Grammy nominations, including one for the acclaimed documentary “Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage” that also won the Audience Award at the Tribeca Film Festival. The band members were inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1994, made Officers of the Order of Canada in 1996 and inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2010. They have received a star on both Canada’s Walk of Fame (1999) and Hollywood Walk of Fame (2010). In 2012, Rush were bestowed with the highest artistic honour in Canada when receiving the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award. To the elation of their fans, Rush were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013.
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Rush - A Show Of Hands - 40th Anniversary (1989/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz

Artist: Rush
Title: A Show Of Hands - 40th Anniversary
Genre: Rock, Prog Rock, Hard Rock
Label: © Mercury Records
Release Date: 1989/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 48kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 01:14:18
Recorded during the "Hold Your Fire" tour '88: Birmingham UK, New Orleans, Phoenix and San Diego; and the "Power Windows" tour '86: Meadowlands, New Jersey.

Rush's third live album, recorded during the band's 1986 and 1988 tours, A Show Of Hands is an excellent snapshot of the trio in concert during the mid to late 1980s. It was during this era of touring that the modern technology of sampling was fully embraced by the group, after Geddy Lee became convinced that the complexities of a Rush studio recording could be recreated live. Offstage, a technician set up samples for the songs, but Lee insisted on triggering them himself.

“It’s very important for me to do that, not someone else. It’s a fine line, but I still have to be in the right place at the right time. If I hit a sequencer late, it’s my fault. That way, I’m still in control and my organization and rhythm have to be impeccable." --Geddy Lee
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Ros: Songs of Christmas - Det Norske Solistkor, Grete Pedersen (2013) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Various
Artist: Det Norske Solistkor, Grete Pedersen
Title: Rós: Songs of Christmas
Genre: Classical
Label: © BIS Records
Release Date: 2013
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: eClassical
Duration: 52:30
Recorded: April 2013 at Ris Kirke, Oslo, Norway


“The performances are all sublime, the arrangements equally so, the recording everything you would expect from this source…” musicweb-international.com, 11/2013
“A superb release.” International Record Review 12/2013
In Christian symbolism, the rose is closely associated with the Mystery of the Nativity, and therefore with both Jesus Christ and Mary. The idea of the perfect flower, springing forth from a thorny stem, has – like the Nativity itself – captured the imagination of poets and musicians throughout the ages and from all stations of life. With this original and wide-ranging Christmas collection, Grete Pedersen – the artistic director of the Norwegian Soloists’ Choir – has created what might be compared to a rosary, combining 12th-century hymns by Hildegard of Bingen with a carol by the Danish 20th-century composer Per Nørgård, as well as traditional Christmas psalms, in many cases sung to Norwegian folk tunes following age-old usages. Grete Pedersen and the choir have reached a wide international audience through four previous discs on BIS, ranging from collections of Grieg, or of Brahms and Schubert, to the folk-inspired White Night and, most recently, Refractions: the unexpected combination of three 20th-century giants – Berg, Webern and Messiaen – with their Norwegian contemporary Fartein Valen. On the present disc, the team is once again joined by the singer Berit Opheim and the violinist Gjermund Larsen – both with a background in folk music – as well as by Rolf Lislevand, internationally acclaimed lutenist, and the highly respected jazz bassist Bjørn Kjellemyr.
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Rodrigo, Borne, Ibert - Bridge across the Pyrenees - Sharon Bezaly, Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra, John Neschling (2006) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44.1kHz

Сomposer: Joaquín Rodrigo (1901-1999), François Borne (1840-1920), Jacques Ibert (1890-1962)
Artist: Sharon Bezaly, São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, John Neschling
Title: Rodrigo, Borne, Ibert - Bridge across the Pyrenees
Genre: Classical
Label: © BIS Records
Release Date: 2006
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: eClassical
Duration: 56:50
Recorded: July 2005 at the Sala São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil


Separated by the Pyrenees, the musical milieus of Spain and France have sometimes been like oil and water – or maybe like oil and wine. It took Bizet's opera Carmen to open the ears of the French to the Spanish rhythms and inflections which were to become so important to so many composers after him, from Debussy to Ibert. On the present disc, Carmen – in the guise of Borne's Fantaisie brillante – plays a similar role, creating a bridge between Rodrigo's Concierto pastoral and Ibert's Flute Concerto, two of last century's main concertante works for the flute. Soloist Sharon Bezaly will hardly need a closer presentation after her highly praised recordings of the past couple of years. Her recital with pianist Ronald Brautigam (BIS-SACD-1429) and her recording of Mozart's concertos (BIS-SACD-153901) have garnered such high praise and so many distinctions that it would be impossible to list them – suffice it to say that the reviewers have called her 'a sorceress of timbres', 'God's gift to the flute', 'a First Lady among equals' and a 'graceful Mozartean, with limpid tone, an impish sense of humour, and sometimes staggering breath control.’ The present recording was made with the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra and conductor John Neschling, whose performances of the music of Brazilian composers Guarnieri, Mignone, Braga and Santoro have been praised for their vitality, rhythmic vigour and wide range of colours – all qualities that should be just the thing for building a bridge across the Pyrenees.
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RighteousGIRLS - Gathering Blue (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44.1kHz

Artist: RighteousGIRLS
Title: Gathering Blue
Genre: Jazz, Modern Jazz
Label: © Panoramic Recordings
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:55:30
Recorded at Brooklyn Recording, Oktaven Audio, Sterling Studios, Sullivan Studios


RighteousGIRLS (flutist Gina Izzo and pianist Erika Dohi) present their debut recording, "gathering blue" featuring works written for them that draw from the worlds of contemporary classical music, avant garde jazz, and experimental pop. Winners of a New Music USA grant to fund this recording, RighteousGIRLS highlight their innovative collaborations with diverse artists from pianist/composer Vijay Iyer to downtown luminary Randy Wolff to their co-curator and producer, Pascal Le Boeuf.
Gathering Blue is the debut album by contemporary music duo RighteousGIRLS (flutist Gina Izzo and pianist Erika Dohi). RighteousGIRLS champions work at the intersection of contemporary classical music and avant-garde jazz, as part of a growing movement to evolve beyond conventional genre boundaries. A highlight is Vijay Iyer's Accumulated Gestures, in a trio setting with Iyer's drummer, Justin Brown. Other guest composer/performers include rising trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire and steel pan player Andy Akiho. Award-winning producer Pascal LeBoeuf contributes the quasi-title track “GIRLS” and a series of interludes throughout. Works by Randy Woolf, Christian Carey, Dave Molk, Mike Perdue, and Jonathan Ragonese round out this provocative release of premiere recordings, all written for RighteousGIRLS.
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Maurice Ravel - Bolero, Rapsodie Espagnole, La Valse - Societe du Conservatoire Paris, Andre Cluytens (1962/2012) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
Artist: Orchestre De La Société Des Concerts Du Conservatoire Paris, André Cluytens
Title: Ravel - Boléro, Rapsodie Espagnole, La Valse
Genre: Classical
Label: © EMI Classics
Release Date: 1962/2012 (2011 Remaster)
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 43:31
Recorded: 1962

Renowned conductor Andre Cluytens commands the Orchestre De La Societe Des Concerts Du Conservatoire through treasured orchestral works by Ravel. It is a winning display, setting the precedence of orchestral virtuosity. The exciting performances glisten with refined clarity, warmth and pure sonic impact. Cluytens’ interpretations showcase his sophistication and finesse. These definitive readings remain unmatched.
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Placido Domingo - My Christmas (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44.1kHz

Сomposer: Various
Artist: Plácido Domingo
Title: My Christmas
Genre: Classical, Traditional, Christmas, Vocal Music
Label: © Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:46:31
Recorded: July, August, 2015


A heart-warming world of Christmas magic comes alive on Placido Domingo's new holiday album, My Christmas (Sony Classical). Available now, the album is filled with seasonal favorites, plus duets with a variety of special guests including Idina Menzel, Jackie Evancho, Placido Domingo Jr., The Piano Guys and others.
My Christmas features Domingo performing his favorites numbers like "Guardian Angels," the haunting song composed by Harpo Marx and made famous by Mario Lanza with Idina Menzel, fresh from her triumph as the voice of Queen Elsa in Disney's Frozen; "Pie Jesu" the pure, ethereal melody from Andrew Lloyd Webber with Jackie Evancho, the 15 year-old American singing phenomenon, who is also the youngest top-10 debut artist in U.S. history; "White Christmas," the evergreen Irving Berlin classic with his son Placido Domingo Jr.; and "Silent Night" with The Piano Guys, whose witty mash-ups of classical favorites and pop standards have been seen over half a billion times on YouTube.
Other artists featured on My Christmas singing holiday classics with Domingo include the German superstar Helene Fischer ("What Child Is This"), whose albums have sold more than 9 million copies to date; the French heart-throb tenor Vincent Niclo ("Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"); and the New Zealand singer Hayley Westenra performing "Loving Christmas," a new song written by Placido Domingo Jr.
The must-hear seasonal favorites continue with Domingo and Banda el Recodo joining together for the Spanish-language standard "Feliz Navidad" as well as the Voices of Los Angeles Opera's Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program for "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen."
In addition to such well-loved songs, carols and anthems, there is Mendelssohn's rousing "Hark, the Herald Angels Sing"; and an arrangement of Mozart's sublime "Ave verum corpus," composed shortly before his death. A festive symphonic accompaniment is provided by Czech National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Eugene Kohn.
Placido Domingo, now in his fifth decade of performing on the world's great stages, has had the most varied career in operatic history. The Spanish singer, now 74, has sung 147 different operatic roles, more than any other performer, and he is also celebrated for his hugely successful pop and Latin albums. A gifted conductor and artistic administrator as well, he is dedicated to supporting emerging singers through his international vocal competition, Operalia.
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Phil Perry - A Better Man (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44.1kHz

Artist: Phil Perry
Title: A Better Man
Genre: Jazz, R&B, Quiet Storm, Vocal Jazz
Label: © Shanachie Entertainment
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 42:37
Recorded: CDS Studios, Wallingford CT, Trod Nossel Studios, Wallingford CT, Telefunkin Studios, South Windsor CT

Phil Perry needs no introduction; famous for his #1 R&B hit “Call Me,” his lead vocals with Foreplay and Najee and Phil’s legendary group The Montclairs, his distinctive background vocals with the likes of Anita Baker, Barbra Streisand, Patti LaBelle, Quincy Jones and others and his electrifying live performances, Phil Perry is without equal. A Better Man is loaded with highlights: “Stand Up,” an inspiring duet featuring the great Howard Hewett. This topical, meaningful song sends a strong message about becoming “A Better Man.” “I’m So Proud,” featuring Kim Waters. This inspiring version of the Curtis Mayfield classic is one for the ages! “Dreaming’s Out Of Season” – Phil’s reimagining of his signature hit with The Montclairs. “Feelin’ You” featuring Smooth Jazz trumpet star Rick Braun. Co-produced by Phil Perry and long time collaborator Chris Davis (Will Downing, Kim Burrell, George Clinton, Gerald Albright), A Better Man is guaranteed to please Phil Perry’s devoted fans.
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Oscar Peterson Trio - West Side Story (1962/2014) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Artist: Oscar Peterson Trio
Title: West Side Story
Genre: Jazz, Hard Bop, Modal, Mainstream Jazz, Cast Recordings, Piano Jazz
Label: © Verve Records | Analogue Productions XVRJ8454D64
Release Date: 1962/2014
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: AcousticSounds
Duration: 35:21
Recorded: New York City, Jan. 24 & 25, 1962

Mastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound from the original master tapes to vinyl and PCM. The DSD was sourced from the PCM. George listened to all of the different A/D converters he had before he chose which to use, and he felt the George Massenburg GML 20 bit A/D produced the best and most synergistic sound for the project.
One of the first Broadway musical scores to be overtly jazz-influenced was Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story, a tale of rival street gangs in the inner city. In 1962, pianist Oscar Peterson put his light-swing signature on the already popular score, making it, in the words of one critic, "a delight to hear again" and earning him a Grammy nomination.
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Oscar Peterson Trio - We Get Requests (1964/2011) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Artist: Oscar Peterson Trio
Title: We Get Requests
Genre: Jazz, Bop, Swing, Mainstream Jazz, Piano Jazz
Label: © The Verve Music Group | Analogue Productions XVRJ8606D64
Release Date: 1964(V/V6 8606)/2011
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: AcousticSounds
Duration: 40:22
Recorded: October 19, 20, 1964 in New York City, NY

Mastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound from the original analog master tapes to vinyl and PCM. The DSD was sourced from the PCM. George listened to all of the different A/D converters he had before he chose which to use, and he felt the George Massenburg GML 20 bit A/D produced the best and most synergistic sound for the project.
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